10 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium trip planner
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Brussels
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bruges
— 4 nights
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Brussels — 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brussels day trip planning website.

Washington, USA to Brussels is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Brussels. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Brussels when traveling from Washington in January, with lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges — 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, explore the world behind art at Gruuthusemuseum, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the Bruges online road trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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